In a bid to reduce food waste, enhance food security and contribute to realizing hunger-free communities, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) office in Egypt, in collaboration with the Egyptian Food Bank, launched an effective awareness campaign titled “An Advice Every Day in Ramadan.”
According to a statement released by FAO, the CEO of the Egyptian Food Bank, Mohsen Sarhan, revealed that the campaign aims to reduce food waste in the country.
“We inform consumers about the huge amounts of edible food that is daily discarded – a habit that must be overcome if we are to make real progress in eliminating global hunger,” he noted.
Working in a partnership with the Unit for Monitoring Loss and Waste in Agricultural Products at the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, FAO and the food bank led the campaign to educate citizens to purchase only what they need at this crucial time and encourage them to give what exceeds their needs to poor families.
Through this campaign, many families from low-income communities received a free Iftar meal during Ramadan.
In a report issued by FAO in 2019, it said that the food waste issue refers to the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by food suppliers in the chain, excluding retailers, food service providers, and consumers.